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Chris Conway - Celtic Dreamer
 
Chris Conway Celtic Dreamer


Chris Conway -
Irish tin & low whistles, piano, keyboards, zither, electric 9 string guitar, kalimba, vocals, theremin, bodhran, bells, chimes, effects.
Adele McMahon - violin - 2, 6
Dan Britton - acoustic nylon string guitar – 2, 6
Mo Coulson - Celtic harp – 5, 7
Georina Sear - vocals – 1, 3, 4
Zorpinda Zorpin - vocals - 1, 3, 7



Chris Conway CD Celtic Dreamer back




Chris Conway

 
1
Dream Portal
2
Swan Maiden In Flight
3
The Girl In The Dream
4
From Shore To Shore
5
Silver Chains at the Lake
6
Entwined
7
Blissful Sleep
8
Two Swans In Flight
9
Dream Portal Beyond


Chris Conway Adele McMahonDan Britton
Mo CoulsonGeorgina SearZorpinda Zorpin
Atmospheric ambient Celtic music.
An album of atmospheric Celtic music, following the Irish myth of Caer Ibormeith, The Swan Maiden - a princess who becomes a swan every other year and appears to prince Aengus in his dreams.


background
Music for Relaxation and Sleep
One of the aims of this album is to provide music with a Celtic ambiance for relaxation and to aid sleep. I have used music regularly to assist me in sleeping for many years. It is commonly thought that music with a constant sound, or a regular cycle is beneficial for sleeping. I have not found this to be the case. For me it is necessary to have evocative music, to take the mind away from daily cares, and take it along waves and eddies of imagination to assist it in passing through the dream portal. Images and stories form in the mind and sleep can then soon follow.

Caer Ibormeith – The Swan Maiden
In thinking about Celtic mythology and sleep, I chose the tale of Caer Ibormeith which has many elements of sleep and dreams in it. Aengus dreams of a girl. After much searching, she is found to be Caer Ibormeith (whose name translates as Yew Berry). Her father tells Aengus that she changes into a swan every other year and that to have her he must find her from a lake of 150 swans. When they are united, Aengus also turns into a swan and they sing music so beautiful that the listeners to it sleep for three days.



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influences
Robert Rich, Alan Stivell, Vidna Obmana, Paul Winter



notes
1. Dream Portal
Entering the portal of sleep and dreams.

Chris Conway – Irish tin whistle, zither, keyboards, electric 9 string guitar, vocals
Georgina Sear – vocals
Zorpinda Zorpin - vocals


2. Swan Maiden In Flight

Caer Ibormeith, daughter of Prince Ethal Anbuail would change into a swan every alternate year at Samhain – the following Samhain she would become human again.

Chris Conway – Irish low whistle, zither, electric 9 string guitar, keyboards
Dan Britton – nylon stringed guitar
Adele McMahon – violin



3. The Girl In The Dream

In a dream Aengus, son of Dagda and Boann, saw and fell in love with a girl who appeared at the foot of his bed. He reached out for her but she vanished. She appeared again in more dreams over the course of a year, sometimes playing music for him. Aengus fell so much in love with the girl that he became ill.

Chris Conway – piano, Irish tin whistles, keyboards, electric 9 string guitar, bells, chimes
Georgina Sear – vocals
Zorpinda Zorpin - vocals



4. From Shore To Shore
Angus's mother Boann searched for the girl described to her in his dreams. She searched for a year all over Ireland from shore to shore. After no result, Aengus's father Dagda sought help from Bodb, Sidhe of Munster, who searched for another year.

Chris Conway – zither, Irish tin whistle, keyboards, theremin, voices, ocean sound effects
Georgina Sear – vocals
Zorpinda Zorpin - vocals
5. Silver Chains at the Lake
Aengus was told to go to Loch Bél Dracon (The Lake of Dragons Breath) and pick the girl out of 50 maidens who were there, each pair linked by silver chains. Aengus picked her out and on asking her father for her hand, he was told that the girl Caer changed to a swan each alternate year. Aengus was told to to go to the lake the following year and pick her out in swan form from 150 other swans, linked by silver chains.

Chris Conway – zither, kalimba, electric 9 string guitar, keyboards
Mo Coulson – Celtic harp


6. Entwined
Aengus called to Caer at the lakes edge and asked her to come with him. She did on promise that she could return to the lake. He threw his arms around her, and thus entwined, he became a swan and they slept for two days. They then flew over the lake 3 times, keeping his promise.

Chris Conway – Irish tin & low whistles, keyboards
Dan Britton – nylon stringed guitar, bodhran
Adele McMahon – violin



7. Blissful Sleep
Caer and Aengus flew on to his home at Newgrange. When they arrived there they sang music so beautiful that it made all the listeners sleep blissfully for three days and three nights.

Chris Conway – piano, Irish tin & low whistles, voices, keyboards
Mo Coulson – Celtic harp
Zorpinda Zorpin - vocals



8. Two Swans in Flight
Caer stayed with Aengus from that day onwards, to be seen flying together as swans every other year.

Chris Conway – Irish tin & low whistles, zither, keyboards


9. Dream Portal Beyond
Departing through the portal from one dream to the next...

Chris Conway – Irish tin whistle, zither

all music composed and produced by Chris Conway

reviews
Eagle Eye One Magazine

This is a relaxing collection meant to fall asleep by..or journey far away into the lands of your own imagination.
This album really is a story told through the sounds of a multitude of instruments.Good stories bear repeating, and no doubt you’ll listen to this one more than once.

Mystic Living Today e-zine
Wow, I got totally taken back to times forgotten while listening to this 9 track CD. Completely what myth and legend are made of. The harp was so clear and the flute lilting and every other instrument in between came together in perfect harmony from one awesome song to the next. My spirit was uplifted and my soul flew everywhere and nowhere all at once. I would recommend this blessed nugget of relaxation to anyone, anywhere, anytime, (except while driving). Thanks Chris, for this truly magical journey.
Love & Light,
Riki Frahmann

musicdesign
Filled with shimmering ambience and a burst of Celtic enchantment, multi-instrumentalist and composer Chris Conway presents an album of relaxing, ethereal music for sound sleep and relaxation. Think of it as music that encourages you to close your eyes and take a brief voyage to Tir Na Nog.

The music is very mellow and spacious, with harps, guitar and zither joining with piano keyboards, tin whistle and chimes.

Wordless female vocals occasionally twirl around in the backdrop, while keyboard atmosphere keeps you submerged in pure, flowing bliss. Mix in some atmospheric effects (water, wind) and the resulting musical mix makes for an interesting twist on the typical relaxation music formula - it accentuates the tranquil qualities of traditional Celtic instruments, blends this essence with deep, smooth keyboard ambience and creates a perfect mood for those times when you want to unwind.

Retailing Insight

One of the finest multi-instrumentalists in New Age music, Chris Conway, has taken New Age/Celtic fusion music and given it a unique spin. Celtic Dreamer is the first Celtic fusion CD I have heard (or heard of) designed specifically to assist a person in falling asleep. Trust Conway (whistles, piano, keyboards, guitars, zither, and more) to pull off this feat which he does with aplomb and style. Featuring a few guest artists (on vocals, violin, guitar, and harp), and using the Celtic myth “Caer Ibormeith” as a backdrop, Celtic Dreamer wends its way blissfully through nine tracks that softly enchant and gently relax the listener.
Bill Binkelman

Amazon Editorial Review
The music is mellow and spacious, with harps, guitar, and zither joining piano, tin whistle, and chimes. Wordless female vocals occasionally twirl around in the backdrop, while keyboard atmospheres keep you submerged in pure, flowing bliss. Mix in some atmospheric effects (water, wind) and the resulting musical mix makes for an interesting twist on the typical relaxation music formula, accentuating the tranquil
qualities of traditional Celtic instruments.


Awareness Magazine
July/August 2012

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Conway has integrated Celtic influences into an ambient new age context to create a blissful soundscape that is supremely relaxing. In fact, as Chris says, “One of the aims of this album is to provide music with a Celtic ambiance for relaxation and to aid sleep.” Having listened to this CD, I can attest to the fact that it has achieved its goal — it is indeed quite lovely and restful. There is also a mythological theme to the album in its telling of a Celtic tale about a princess who becomes a swan every other year, which is described track by track in the liner notes.

On Celtic Dreamer Chris plays Irish tin and low whistles, piano, keyboards, zither, guitar, percussion, and more. Also participating are a number of other musicians on Celtic harp, violin, guitar, and wordless female vocals. This release on the excellent Paradise Music label (www.paradisemusic.us.com) is only one of a staggering 80 CD’s he has released either solo or with bands covering a wide range that includes pop, rock, folk, jazz, world, new age, ambient, and electronic. Celtic Dreamer is a gorgeous recording that is sure to please fans of Celtic and new age music alike.

Michael Diamond - www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Celtic music is the incarnation of the two - on the one hand, it's pretty fiery and joyful songs, sparkling energy of the people, who can be subjected to a variety of tests, but can not break ever. On the other hand - it's deeper integration into the mythical world, tracking the deep and often hidden links between the simple eyes of history, legend and reality. Ties that are difficult to express in words, but that people have always felt and tried to describe when a dreamy melody of Irish flute, and when quiet soothing whisper, uttered the matter over the cradle in the hope that her child when she grows up, breaks the bond of time and generations.

I think not much mistaken, if we assume that such a mission took over and Chris Conway, when, together with a group of like-minded people working on this album «Celtic Dreamer». He chose the topic of sleep, because in this condition, man is left alone with his subconscious and his memory, extracting from the images and visions, moreover, the dreamer better assimilate the incoming information. And, last but not least, modern society has created many problems and disorders that are not spared, and sleep. So, the problem is very easy to decide if the trust in a gentle flow of sounds and just close your eyes, when the musicians start to the fabric an elegant design, in which their whining thread weaves Irish flute, harp, zither, guitar, piano and other traditional instruments, wrapped in a warm blanket atmospheric and mysterious electronic ambient.

Conway has long established himself as a brilliant melodist, arranger and composer who knows how to create a soulful, harmonious works, every note of which causes vibrations in the soul of the listener, making the experience a whole range of positive emotions, from total relaxation to experience thrilling and romantic longing in my chest - and this disc was no exception to the rule. Also, while your eyes are closed, and even breathing will bring out all the negative energy of the body, the musicians will tell you a story about an ancient princess, the swan, her lover, his search through the veil of time and dreams. Each track of the album - this chapter of history, and you can live with its heroes, plunging ever deeper into a fairy tale, following the inviting voices of the elves and fairies, atmospheric themes, subtle vibrations of the strings and mesmerizing whisper of wind instruments, wandering echoes in misty shroud of ancient forests and stony slopes. Beautiful drive.



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